The fundamental law 6/2001, 21 December, on universities, in its article 34.3 empowers universities to teach lessons conducive to obtaining other diplomas or titles, other than the official titles, and that they are issued by the Rector. In any case, these diplomas and degrees will lack the full academic effects and empowerment for the professional practice legal provisions granted to the official titles.
The interest of these teachings is in respond, agile and effective, the social demands of cultural, scientific, artistic or professional type.
Criminology studies mainly focus on professional bodies and security forces of the State, correctional facilities and courts, as well as to those groups graduates in medicine, assistants and social workers, law, psychology, sociology, etc. who wish to obtain further training on criminological topics.
The title of Criminology (plan 2001) has been declared equivalent for the purposes of accessing the second official cycle of Criminology and is an own title in the field of Criminology that fulfils requirements b) and (c)) of the order of 19 November 1996.
The year 2005-2006 began teaching in the Faculty of law of the University of Alicante the corresponding to the second degree studies cycle in Criminology (official title), in face-to-face mode only. During the 2006-2007 taught the first course in distance mode. All information on this degree course is available at: http://derecho.ua.es/es/
In accordance with the resolution of 20 June 2005 from the General Directorate of universities could access this degree students who had completed the degree in Criminology (180 credits, Z605 plan) or the degree of private Detective (180 credits, plan Z606) at the University of Alicante.
Article 3 the rules governing the Conducentes teachings own degrees of undergraduates at the University of Alicante-oriented establishes: "1. the naming of degrees may never match the titles established officially, nor lead to confusion." "2. In the same vein, the contents of the corresponding own studies may not be essentially coincident with other established".
Consequently, before the introduction in the second cycle in the academic year 2005-2006, Criminology degree Alicante University raised the incompatibility of the curricula of the equity securities of Criminology and private Detective, with the designation of "Criminology", so it refers to the first, and with the contents of the curriculum for the degree course, by what refers to both.
As for the equity securities of Criminology and private Detective, regulations teachings leading to obtaining degrees of undergraduates at the University of Alicante, establishes in article 17.4: "curricula of studies of undergraduate of the University of Alicante, modified whole or in part, become extinct course by course, save in exceptional cases by the University of Alicante." Once extinct each course will be made two calls for review in each of the two following academic courses. "Sold out these calls without having passed the tests, those wishing to continue their studies should follow them by the new plans, through adaptation or validation that the University of Alicante determines".
Effect of this provision, in the academic year 2005-2006 started the extinction of these own titles, taking place the final extinction during the 2008-2009 in which there were only 3er exam course.
The students who had already adopted any subject on the own titles extinct Criminology and private Detective, could enroll in the new own titles of security Públca or private Detective (2005 plans), pursuant to article 17.4 of the rules of equity securities of the University of Alicante.
The students had no file opened in the own titles extinct (Z605 or Z606), could not enroll in the new.
Trying to meet the training needs of certain sectors of students and professionals, the steering equipment of the own titles of Criminology and private Detective he worked during the year 2004-2005 to propose the modification of the plans of these recent studies. The idea was to offer quality academic training, on the one hand, local police and, on the other, who wanted to develop their professional activity in the field of private investigation and security.
Approved the proposed amendment, in the academic year 2005 - 2006 started teaching relevant to two new studies own titles: the degree of public security and the own title of private Detective. The first is geared towards the training of local police officers in matters directly relating to their professional activity. Given the training commitment that these studies mean, the management team proposed to the regional secretariat of Interior of the Generalitat Valenciana appreciation as a basic training of local police and merits to take into account possible promotions and professional promotions. Result of this initiative, the Valencian Government approved the signing of an agreement between the University of Alicante and the Ministry of Justice, Interior and public administration recognizing these extremes. The second title is aimed at those who wish to obtain the "Private Detective" license of the Ministry of the Interior, which enables the development of the functions of this profession in accordance with the law on private security.
Each title studies have a duration of three academic years and a minimum of 180 credits.
In February 2006 Declaration of equivalence of the new equity securities (2005 plans) was requested by the University of Alicante to the Ministry of education to the University's degree diploma, for the purposes of access to the second degree in Criminology, as envisaged in the General guideline 6 of Royal Decree 858/2003, 4th of July, which establishes the University Officer graduates in Criminology and general guidelines for the plans of studies leading to obtaining (B.O.E. of 8 July 2003) and the order ECI/4171/2004 of 13 December (B.O.E. of 22 December 2004). November 14, 2006, the Director General of universities of the Ministry of education stated that equivalence.
Students graduate in public security shall request from the General Directorate of universities the equivalence of the own's diploma degree qualification in order to take part in the evidence of access to bodies, scales and categories of the forces and security bodies dependent on the various public administrations.
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